PRINCETON, N.J. – Opening a four-game road stretch at Jadwin Gym, junior Bryce Aiken scored 33 points and Harvard men's basketball earned a victory over Princeton, 78-69. Harvard improved to 12-8 overall with a 5-2 Ivy mark, while Princeton fell to 12-8 with a 4-3 Ancient Eight record.
Aiken finished 10-for-16 from the field, as he eclipsed 30 points for the second time in three games. First-year Noah Kirkwood scored 16 points, while junior Justin Bassey added 10 points and a team-leading seven rebounds.
The Tigers led by seven early in the opening stanza, 15-8, but Harvard responded to take a 21-19 lead just four minutes later after baskets from juniors Chris Lewis and Christian Juzang. Kirkwood added a pair of jump shots late in the half, as the Crimson left for the intermission with a two point lead, 33-31.
The teams traded baskets to begin the second half, with Princeton fighting back to take a six points lead, 56-50, with just under eight minutes to go. Aiken kick-started a Harvard run with a four-point play, as the junior scored 18 points over the final 7:36. Kirkwood connected on a pair of clutch triples late in the game, and the squad knocked down 10 second period free throws to tally the win.
- Aiken scored 33 points – the second highest both in his career and over the last three games.
- Kirkwood tied a career-high with four triples, en route to 16 points.
- Harvard shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the game (10-for-20).
- The Crimson tallied its second-straight win at Jadwin Gymnasium, and its third consecutive victory over the Tigers.
- The win was head coach Tommy Amaker's 399th as a Division I head coach.
- Harvard is 11-4 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
The Crimson takes a trip to the Palestra on Saturday, Feb. 16 to face Penn. The contest will tip-off at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+ and NBCSN-Philadelphia.